Yesterday, the Lord called home the dean of our priests, Mgr Roger Larivière, several weeks short of his 97th birthday.
Born at Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts (QC) on April 15, 1913, Roger Larivière was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Alexandre Vachon close to seventy years ago on June 7, 1941. His ministry was primarily in diocesan administration, where he served as diocesan treasurer for many years.
Still, this did not keep him from pastoral activities, including the foundation of parishes (Our Lady of Divine Love, Pendleton and Resurrection of Our Lord, Ottawa) and regular pastoral services in distant locales: he could regale his listeners with accounts of skiing to Sunday ministry at St. Declan's at Brightside.
Endowed with a keen intellect and a detailed memory, our conversations in the dining-room of my residence often brought to light little known facts about (and opinions on) diocesan history. His appetite was robust until a couple of months ago when a series of physical afflictions led to his hospitalization and decline.
May the Lord, whom he served with devotion, grant him a merciful judgment and lead him to the refreshing waters of eternal life. Funeral details foresee visitation at Kelly's on Somerset on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9, and the Mass of the Resurrection on Monday afternoon, March 29 at 2PM in Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica.
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